If you are like me, then fantasy novels are what you gravitate towards. I am always looking for a new fantasy world to explore and luckily for me, there are tons of fantasy books out there. That made me think of the best fantasy books which is why I decided to create a list of the 25 best fantasy books of all time.
Nothing will beat timeless classics like The Lord of the Rings and His Dark Materials. But lucky for us, we are always seeing a few great fantasy novels being released here and there. The future of fantasy novels looks bright and I am glad that that is the case. You can check out the full list below.
The 25 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
- Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
- Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
- Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
- The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
- Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
- The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
- Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
- Storm Front by Jim Butcher
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
- The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Classics and Then Some
If you haven’t read the classics like The Hobbit or Watership Down, then what are you waiting for? Start there and make your way into more modern fantasy novels. Authors like Neil Gaiman and Erin Morgenstern have written modern classics and are two authors that you should check out.
Robert Jordan’s Eye of the World and The Wheel of Time series is highly regarded. It is a long series with 14 novels so if you want a long adventure that’s going to span a year or more, here you go. Other recent classics include Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.
Even with 25 books, I am still sad to leave off a few books. Six of Crow by Leigh Bardugo is an amazing book in a duology. Her other series Shadow and Bone is also worth checking out. Neil Gaiman has a few other great novels that I think are even better than American Gods. And Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward and Steelheart are underrated books.
I am sure that I am still forgetting a few books but that’s just how these things go. That wraps up our 25 best fantasy books of all-time list. What books should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!